Through visual storytelling, Another Country examines some of the complex and enduring histories that shape the current American cultural landscape. From the legacies of slavery and immigration to class and gender inequality, the exhibition presents works that together compose an unfolding narrative in which social, sexual, and racial differences challenge the notion of a single, unified nation. Taking its title from James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel, it reveals America as always “another,” continually on the verge of transformation, and constantly revisiting the profound and often painful roots of its history. The exhibition affirms difference as an essential American value, while recognizing the oppositional, and at times antagonistic, social forces at the core of the American experience.
Alongside the artworks, Another Country also includes items sourced from the Radicalism Collection of the MSU Libraries’ Special Collections. Ranging from activist ephemera to radical publications and pamphlets by the American left, they are a testament to the rich and complex material culture produced by the civil rights and social justice movements of the 1960s.
Another Country is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, Assistant Curator. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Elizabeth Halsted endowment fund.